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Birthed by volcanic eruptions, this phenomenal place is a serene paradise. A wilderness veiled by beauty, this spirited island Apia hosts some of the world’s most beautiful eco systems, The celeste surrounding seas, crystal sparkling waterfalls, Apia, Samoa is a spirited place. Recognised as the centre of the Polynesian islands and the cultural hub of Samoa, Apia is a humble and welcoming place to have the ideal pacific island holiday. A worthy sprawl to explore, the markets are buzzing and has an eclectic range of stalls. As the Capital of Samoa, it is known fora historical event, a famous standoff occurred in 1889. Old meets new in Apia and traditional Samoan structures stand alongside 19th century colonial styled churches, government buildings and 20th century architectural structures. There are a vast array of tasteful local eateries as well as night spots for engagements with the locals. The proximity of everything is very close making Apia an ideal location to get around on hired wheels.
April - October brings a long dry season in Samoa. Experience refreshing cool climates, with very little rain or humidity. Come night a blanket of cool temperatures is layered over Apia, daytimes are warm and comfortable, perfect for relaxing or active sports. In Apia you will be able to attend festivals all year round, two of the most popular which are held in September are Tafesilafa’I festival which is full of traditional and unforgettable Samoan foods, entertainment and showcases. The second major September festival to attend is the Apia Jazz festival. Musicians come from all around the world to play and listen to the incredible music. Although this is the best time of the year to go to Apia, it is the peak season and we advise to book early to ensure your Apia holiday goes to plan.
Samoa’s weather is warm and tropical all year round, with two distinct seasons – the dry season running from May to October and the wet season from November to April, the average daily temperatures you’re looking at during this period will be 28°C.
Traditional Samoan food consists of root vegetables, something common in the South Pacific region due to the climate: the Pacific parameters bring salient amounts of seafood to complement the traditional foods of the Apia region.
The taste is impossible to describe, but palusami is a Samoan delicacy that is definitely worth sampling. Made with canned corned beef, coconut cream, and onions which are formed into bundles and then wrapped in taro leaves, it is an unforgettable treat. You should not leave Samoa without trying it.
As you stay in hotels and resorts you will experience the traditional umu (earth-cooked) meals. You will also have chances to experience traditional Samoan dance performances.
No trip to Samoa is complete without experiencing the local culture, if you only do one cultural thing on the island, the Samoa Cultural Village is a top choice. Located in the heart of Apia, the village has charmed visitors from all over the world. Here you’ll learn everything you need to know from tasting traditional food to tackling the art of Samoan weaving.
You may want to do this again and again once you’ve experienced the excitement of sliding down the Papasee’a natural rock into a cool waterhole. Papasee’a is pretty much a natural aquatic playground. It will awaken the adventurous child in you. During the dry season, check that water is deep enough before entering. Being surrounded by a vibrant and lush tropical garden, it’s still a top spot for just a quick dip.
The world is full of natural swimming holes, but few compare to Samoa’s idyllic Sue Ocean Trench. The stunningly beautiful swimming hole is set amongst a lush tropical paradise with beautiful gardens. A spectacular land formation consisting of two giant holes connected to the ocean by an ancient lava tube cave. Fed by the ocean the water is crystal clear and home to some beautiful tropical fish. The Sue Ocean Trench is a swimmer’s delight.
Auckland (AKL) to Apia (APW) 3h 55m
Wellington (WLG) to Apia (APW) 6h 25m
Christchurch (CHC) to Apia (APW) 6h 45m
Multiple forms of transport is available for getting you around on you Apia holiday. A shuttle bus service can get you from Faleolo International airport to Apia at a small cost.
Taxis are available with no meters, the custom is to agree on a price before you depart. The drivers will always suggest a higher price to start with, but there are set rates on rate sheets which you should always ask to see.
The most active way to get around the tropical paradise Apia is by cycling, you can explore the interiors, while experiencing the real Apia - beyond its sealed roads.
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